The simple past tense (preterit)

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The simple past tense (preterit)

The simple past (the main past tense) expresses completed actions.

It is formed by adding -ed to the end of the verb, if the verb is regular:
I washed the floor yesterday.
He talked to Horatio two hours ago.
If the verb is irregular, you need to learn the forms of the simple past and the past participle!

Some frequently-used irregular verbs:
Yesterday I found money on the floor. (to find)
Susie went to England last week. (to go)
We got up at 6 this morning. (to get)
Bruno came earlier. (to come)
Where did you buy this book? - I bought it on the internet. (to buy)

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